Pre-Gamin': Nationals at Cubs (7:05 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Nationals at Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

Marcus Stroman is taking the ball for the Cubs tonight, following a relatively brilliant stretch of baseball. Here’s what I had to say about him in the Series preview, in case you missed it:

Marcus Stroman is also looking locked in lately. He threw 6.0 scoreless innings against the Cardinals his last time out before giving up a few runs in the seventh, and has otherwise been stellar since coming off the IL in early July: 1.67 ERA over 27.0 IP, all of which came against serious contenders or pretty good teams: Dodgers, Mets, Phillies, Giants, Cardinals.

Tonight, Stroman will get a MUCH weaker offensive lineup, so I’m expecting him to shove.

For the Nationals, swing-man Paolo Espino is starting the game. Espino has not completed 5.0 innings in six of his last seven starts, a stretch in which he’s allowed 23 earned runs in 30.0 IP. This is another game the Cubs should really win.

Game Info

Washington Nationals (36-75) at Chicago Cubs (44-64) – Tuesday, August 9 at 7:05 CT on Marquee Sports Network, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Nationals: Paolo Espino, RHP

Cubs: Marcus Stroman, RHP

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

  1. Rafael Ortega, CF
  2. Willson Contreras, C
  3. Ian Happ, LF
  4. Seiya Suzuki, RF
  5. Franmil Reyes, DH
  6. Nico Hoerner, SS
  7. Patrick Wisdom, 1B
  8. Zach McKinstry, 3B
  9. Chris Morel, 2B

Washington Nationals:

  1. Luis Garcia, SS
  2. Luke Voit, 1B
  3. Nelson Cruz, DH
  4. Yadiel Hernandez, LF
  5. Joey Meneses, RF
  6. Keibert Ruiz, C
  7. Lane Thomas, CF
  8. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
  9. Ildemaro Vargas, 3B


Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami